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Press Release - “JFK & North Dakota” Exhibit Debuts as First Touch-Table Experience at ND Heritage Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2013
Contact: Kim Jondahl
701.328.1476

“JFK & North Dakota” Exhibit Debuts as First Touch-Table Experience at ND Heritage Center

BISMARCK, ND — A new interactive touch table exhibit commemorating John F. Kennedy’s visits to North Dakota will be featured in the lobby of the North Dakota Heritage Center on the State Capitol Grounds in Bismarck. Opening on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2013, “JFK & North Dakota: 50 Years Later” showcases the State Archives collection of photographs, documents, news clippings, and video footage of John Kennedy’s time in the state.

Kennedy visited North Dakota five times from 1958 to 1963, both as a senator and president of the United States. During his final visit as president on Sept. 25, 1963, he gave a speech at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Less than eight weeks later, he was assassinated. Video footage of Kennedy’s UND speech, as well as other rare videos and images from JFK’s visits to Dickinson, Bismarck, Jamestown, Fargo, and Grand Forks, are on display for the first time.

“JFK & North Dakota” is the first exhibit of the State Historical Society of North Dakota produced on an interactive multi-touch table. This computerized touch table allows users to easily search through documents, view photos, and watch video images. With a light tap or simple sweeping hand motion, visitors can view photos, documents, and turn the pages of a large digital scrapbook of JFK news clips.

"This exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to interact with new technology while exploring John Kennedy’s presence in North Dakota from 1958 to 1963,” says Kimberly Jondahl, Communications and Education director with the State Historical Society of North Dakota. “The new touch table relates history to technology, which can help bring the past to life and feel more relevant for younger visitors.”

The exhibit is located close to the Museum Store near the ND Heritage Center entrance. The store features an assortment of JFK-related items including books, Kennedy White House music, t-shirts, mugs, puzzles, and more.

In addition, on display at the ND Heritage Center is “Prairie Churches,” a series of panels featuring photographs and text detailing diverse architectural styles and ethnic backgrounds of historic churches in North Dakota. This exhibit is based on a survey of nearly 2,000 churches statewide and can be viewed on the upper level mezzanine.

“JFK & North Dakota” and “Prairie Churches” are on display during regular ND Heritage Center visitor hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 701-328-1476.

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